This week's guest is Campbell University baseball player Zach Neto, last year’s Big South Conference Player of the Year and a young  man many are predicting could go in the first three rounds of the Major League Baseball draft this summer. We talk about how a skinny kid from Miami, Florida ended up in Buies Creek, North Carolina and became one of the most feared hitters in all of college baseball.

Dr. Jaclyn Stanke, associate professor of history whose research has included U.S.-Soviet Cold War relations and Cold War popular culture, talks about her experiences in Ukraine and her understanding of Russia's invasion of their neighbor. Stanke was part of a faculty panel on March 1 to answer student questions about the history of the two countries and what effect the invasion may have on the United States going forward. 

Dr. Glenn Jonas, associate dean for the College of Arts & Sciences and Charles Howard Professor of Religion, joins the Rhymes With Orange podcast to talk Campbell University history on Founders Week. Jonas has been with Campbell since 1994. 

Campbell University alumnus and former adjunct Spanish professor Tyler Jackson talks about the brain aneurysm that nearly took his life one year ago, and how it changed it life. Jackson is a skilled banjoist and a member of the Roxboro-based bluegrass group Drive Time. 

Dr. Laura Lunsford is professor and chair of psychology at Campbell University. In addition to more than 40 articles, chapters, books and presentations on mentoring and leadership development, she wrote the definitive Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs. She joins the podcast to talk about mentoring, particularly Campbell's mentor program to assist first-generation college students. 

Fall is in the air and Dr. Jaqueline Gartner knows all the best places to watch seasons change at Campbell. A professor of engineering and chair of the Sustainability Committee, Gartner discusses green spaces on campus and the value of engineers when it comes to creating and maintaining sustainable systems.

We also discuss Harnett County’s plans for trails and wildlife preserves, plus campus initiatives to save energy and other resources. Last but not least, Gartner shares the details of an upcoming plant sale, meant to raise funds to spruce up the Campbell Pollinator Meadows and River Park — more commonly known as “the Back Nine.”

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On a week where the country commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, Campbell University homeland security professor Lt. Cdr. Nicole Winget and retired Staff Sgt. Josh Seymour (an undergrad studying cyber security at Campbell) joined Rhymes With Orange to talk about their decisions to join the military after 9/11 and how the last 20 years has shaped their lives. We also talk about Campbell's strong student veteran group, and we wrap up with a little Star Wars talk.

Rhymes With Orange, hosted by Billy Liggett and Kate Stoneburner, returns after a year-long COVID-19 hiatus. Thank you for listening. 

Parents are more stressed out and are reporting higher levels of anxiety and depression due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a newly published study led by Campbell University Professor of Clinical Research Dr. Miranda van Tilburg. 

The results shouldn’t come as a surprise — especially for parents who have had to deal with school closures, jobs losses and interruptions in medical care for their children since March — but they do back the nation’s mental health concerns with scientific data and make the argument for increased mental health care in the country. 

“People might wonder, ‘We know we’re more stressed. Why are you telling me this?’ but in science, we always have to show the numbers,” van Tilburg says. “And I think it also validates a lot of parents and tells them they’re not alone. It’s normal to feel this way during this pandemic. A lot of people are struggling.” 

Dr. Amin Asfari, Campbell University alumnus and criminal justice professor, has co-authored a study on first- and second-generation Muslim assimilation in the United States in The Journal for Muslim Minority Affairs. Asfari’s mixed-method study – constructed using segmented assimilation theory, suggests that biased public policies, prejudice toward Muslim communities, and lack of a significant co-ethnic community are primary barriers preventing some Muslims from integrating into American culture.

He joins hosts Billy Liggett and Kate Stoneburner on Rhymes With Orange to talk about his study, and his own life before and after Sept. 11, 2001. 

Nikki Olive, director of alumni engagement, and Betsy Dunn-Williams, director of academic advising, join the podcast this week to introduce CamelLink, a digital mentorship site designed to promote career readiness and development by connecting alumni and students.

Hosts: Kate Stoneburner and Billy Liggett

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